The Churches in Florence: San Miniato al Monte


According to legend, San Miniato, beheaded on the Arno in the year 1250, picked up his own head and took it to the mountain where he lived as a hermit in a cave, and buried it in that place.

Sometime after, on his tomb his faithful devotees erected the chapel and it was later transformed during the Romanesque period into the beautiful present church.

The charming façade completely covered with white Carrara marble and green Prato marble is a masterpiece of the Florentine Romanesque period. The oldest part of the façade is the bottom, which is subdivided into five closed arcades where there are three entrance portals. The upper part, constructed from the most refined decoration, has at its center a gabled window topped by a thirteenth-century mosaic of Christ blessing Mary and San Miniato.

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